LARKANA - PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari yesterday alleged that PML-N government is using National Action Plan (NAP) to victimise political opponents instead of curbing terrorism and militancy.

“This is not that real action plan which all the political parties had agreed upon; this is Nawaz League’s action plan which is being used to target political opponents,” he said while addressing a mammoth rally on the occasion of 8th death anniversary of his slain mother and former PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto.

The death anniversary was observed at Bhuttos’ ancestral graveyard Garhi Khuda Bukhsh with traditional reverence and commitment on part of the Pakistan Peoples Party cadres who reiterated the pledge to make the country more democratic and defend the constitution.

Thousands of supporters and party leaders, including MNAs, MPAs and ministers, attended the public gathering. They also visited the graves of Bhutto family members and offered prayers.

Bilawal in his speech questioned, “The public asks you when will targeting of provinces under the NAP end? What major targets have been achieved and which key terrorists or abettors have been nabbed under the NAP?”

The politics of revenge has resurfaced under Nawaz Sharif rule with allegations of terrorism being hurled at the PPP, he said. Pointing towards PML-N leadership, Bilawal said that their masked face was now exposed by the victimisation being carried out in the name of NAP. “Play whatever games you want to play against Sindh by using NAB and FIA, you will be defeated in the end,” he dared the ruling party.

He recalled the time when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was in talks with terrorists but PPP opposed it, adding that the PPP never had a soft corner for the terrorists. PPP had sacrificed lives to fight terror and no one could threaten them and make them go silent, he added.

Bilawal said her mother was a brave daughter of a brave father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. She sacrificed her life but never bowed before the terrorists. She wanted to save country and voiced against the terrorism; so, “today I want to give you the assurance and take the same from you that we will not bow to the terrorists”.

He also criticised the PML-N government for Pakistan Steel Mills and PIA auctions and asked if it was not economic assassination of the people. He said they would raise voice against the PML-N policies in the parliament. Only the PPP had sacrificed lives to fight terror and his party had been a victim of target killing for years, he added.

The PPP chief said in 2013 elections they were targeted and the targeting is still continuing, and his party had been a victim of target killing for years. He pointed out the murders of Salman Taseer, Shahbaz Bhatti, Benazir Bhutto and the “judicial murder” of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and a number of killings of other party leaders in the Zia era and in the later years.

The young PPP chairman donated blood in Naudero and later arrived in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh Bhutto. The PPP workers also donated blood across the country. The blood donations will be given to the soldiers of the armed forces, who got injured in war against terrorism, and welfare societies.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah in his speech on the occasion said that a single man (Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali) cannot overrule the Sindh Assembly resolution. The constitution empowered the Sindh Assembly and the National Assembly and it was undemocratic for one man to set aside the will of a legislative house, he added.

“We want democracy and a parliamentary system, not a dictatorship where one man’s decision counts,” he said, and asked the prime minister to keep a check on his ministers, especially Chaudhry Nisar, “who wants to take over Sindh”. He said Sindh was now peaceful and Nisar better take care of other provinces.

The chief minister said just one institution (Rangers) should not be credited for peace in Sindh. Peace became possible with the help from the people of Sindh and the government had been cooperating with the army chief and the premier on the security issues.

PPP central leader Aitzaz Ahsan said that Ch Nisar and Ishaq Dar had taken out protest demos and opposed selling PIA and other institutions when they were in opposition, but the prime minister is now selling mother institutions including Pakistan Steel Mills and PIA. “But, we will not let them destroy these institutions,” he vowed. He said ZA Bhutto and Benzir had developed PIA and “we will opposite it (privatisation)”.

Aitzaz said if Dr Asim has done any corruption he should be investigated, but he was not a terrorist. “The Rangers custody is legal, it (his detention) is (an action) against the PPP,” he said. He further said that Nawaz Sharif wearing Army mask had threatened PPP leadership and played the Punjab card in the past too.

Former Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that Benazir Bhutto loved the nation and PPP workers but never surrender herself to forces of injustice and barbarism. In Musharraf regime she refused any NRO and decided to return to the country despite threats to her life. He said the killers arrested or exposed along with their handlers were not made to face justice in BB murder case, and Musharraf was still free. Why justice was being delayed in this case, he asked.

Meanwhile, Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) Central Executive Committee on Sunday elected former president Asif Ali Zardari as party’s president.

Zardari succeeds Amin Faheem who died last month. According to details, PPPP CEC met after the main event of Benazir Bhutto’s death anniversary and unanimously elected Zardari as the president.

Announcing the decision, PPPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira said the federation cannot impose its decision on any province, adding that they will resist any extrajudicial act, whether governor rule or any other rule. He said PPPP has never been against the army.

Former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said PPPP CEC has termed federation’s steps akin to weakening the center. He said Rangers carried out the operation with Sindh government’s consent, adding that it is because of the Rangers that situation in the province has improved.